Flying Squad arrests perfume robbers

2017-05-03 06:00

CCTV footage and quick police work led to the arrest of brazen robbers who stole thousands of rands of perfume from a shop in the Sunridge Village Shopping Centre after holding up a shop assistant in broad daylight.

According to police spokesperson Col Priscilla Naidu an unknown person walked into the fragrance and cosmetic store at about 11:45am on Wednesday last week and threatened the store assistant with a firearm.

“The woman was locked in the back room after which three or four more suspects entered the store and loaded perfumes into their bags,” said Naidu.

The assistant was rescued when another employee returned from a break and heard her banging on the door.

“The suspects’ getaway vehicle was identified through CCTV footage. Members of the PE Flying Squad went to the owner’s house in Bluewater Bay.

“As they were busy interviewing the owner, the suspect, who is the owner’s son, drove towards the house. The suspect made an attempt to evade the police, but was cornered at the end of the street,” said Naidu.

The man (20) was arrested and detained for business robbery. Further investigations led the police to a house in Motherwell where a woman (28) was also arrested.

Some of the stolen perfumes, together with other expensive equipment, were recovered. A toy gun was also seized.

According to Naidu, the two suspects appeared in court on Friday. The woman, Jabulili Qingana, was charged with possession of suspected stolen property and her case was remanded to May 8 for a formal bail application.

The man, Inga Dubase’s case was remanded to May 2 for a formal bail application.

At time of going to print, no further arrests had been made and details of the latest court appearance were not available

According to Naidu, the other expensive items recovered were not taken from the store and the police believe that they may have been taken in other robberies.

Naidu said no shoppers were in the store at the time of the robbery.

The Acting Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Brigadier Keith Meyer, commended the efforts of the arresting officers who immediately acted on the information gathered at the crime scene.

“Team work and the speedy dissemination of accurate information is key to effecting arrests of perpetrators of crime,” Meyer concluded.

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